The network’s latest project is a miniseries called Hannibal that currently has Halle Berry on board as an executive producer. No, we’re not talking about the tidy cannibal that’s into chianti and human flesh. We’re talking about the ancient African general who forged alliances and fought ferocious battles.
The crime procedural and television go together like peanut butter and jelly, or green eggs and ham. Or, like a serial killer and a jail cell — which is probably why they’re so darn popular. For over fifty years, the crime procedural has dominated television: from Dragnet to Columbo, 21 Jump Street to Law & Order and beyond — all of these iconic procedural dramas made the case for, and canonized, the methodology behind the madness, now and forevermore. In fact, crime procedurals are the number one US television export. We seem to really love them, huh?
Horror’s on the rise in television these days, with numerous TV shows giving us a scary alternative to the funny or dramatic fare that TV usually offers. With Halloween just a day away, we thought we’d share our list of the current -- meaning they've aired new episodes at some point this year -- TV shows that scare us the most, whether it be because they tap into our deepest fears, cause our stomachs to turn or simply because they keep us on the edge our seat, holding our breaths and wondering what might happen next, here are our five favorite scary shows.
Hannibal spent its first season on NBC mixing murder and psychological profiles to follow a series that is partly a procedural and partly a game of cat and mouse. That quality of the production in the series is particularly high, and we’ve got an exclusive Season 1 Blu-ray bonus clip that will give you an idea of how the crew works to make the series look so seamless.
Following its Season 2 renewal, NBC sent the drama Hannibal to San Diego Comic-Con. While the upcoming Season 2 was the focus of the panel, it was announced that Lionsgate Home Entertainment will be bring Hannibal: Season 1 on to Blu-ray and DVD on September 24.
Names involved with each of the above shows will be in attendence, including Spader, but also Megan Boone, Hugh Dancy, David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, and a star-studded Community panel featuring Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, and Dan Harmon, who recently returned to the series as showrunner. SNL and soon-to-be late night host Seth Meyers is also set to appear at the Hulu panel
Gaumont International Television is serving up something special for Comic Con attendees this year. The production company announced this week that their NBC series Hannibal will featured in a panel at the San Diego-set event this year. And, unlike just about every other SDCC announcement we've heard for TV shows this summer so far, we actually know exactly when and where this panel is taking place. Also coming to SDCC this year is USA's Psych.
The good folks at TorrentFreak have compiled their list of most illegally downloaded shows. The company does this once every few months, with the winter list topped by Game of Thrones and featuring the likes of Dexter, The Big Bang Theory, Homeland, and Breaking Bad. During the spring, however, some of the most torrented shows remained the same, while others fell well off of the list.
Bryan Fuller made two attempts to entertain us at NBC this season. Things didn't work out so well for Mockingbird Lane, but Hannibal turned out to be a keeper. NBC showed faith in the project early on, ordering it to series over a year ago, though the show didn't make its grand debut until April of this year. Given its spring debut, NBC wasn't quite ready to announce the fate of the drama at the up fronts this month, but the news is finally in, and it's good.
Serial killer dramas aren't for everyone. It's one thing to approach a crime drama from the perspective of the investigators trying to track down the killer. It's another to take us inside the mind of the killer on a weekly basis. Hannibal has been doing that, perhaps not as openly as say, Dexter does, but about as graphically. And it is for that reason that Utah's Salt Lake City station KSL-TV has decided to pull Hannibal from the air.
In light of the events that recently took place in Boston, many networks have decided to alter their upcoming schedules out of sensitivity to the tragedy. Hannibal is one of several programs rescheduling episodes that overlap with the situation in any, even minor, way and since replacing the fourth installment with the fifth will also cause some story gaps, NBC has released this 'cannibalized' version of "Ceuf." Enjoy these appetizers before tonight's main course.
In the wake of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings and the subsequent chase to catch the terrorists that has been unfolding this morning, some networks have decided to pull particularly violent and grisly episodes of dramas on television. One of the newest programs to opt to hold off on airing or pull an episode of television from the schedule entirely is NBC’s Hannibal.
Without the likes of Olivia Pope and Sherlock Holmes to contend with - or new episodes featuring said characters, anyway - Hannibal Lector didn't do so bad in his second night out at NBC. In fact, the ratings show that Hannibal was actually up from its premiere week, not by much, but given the already soft numbers the serial killer drama brought in, up is most definitely a good thing.
"Did you just smell me?" Probably not the scariest quote from the new Hannibal preview but one that still offers an insightful look at the Odd Couple-esque leads' developing relationship as well as references one of the most famous perceptive tools of Thomas Harris' iconic villain. Do you think it's the cheap aftershave with the ship on the bottle?
NBC has had a hard time getting anything to stick on Thursday night at 10:00 p.m, which is why we were concerned about their choice to premiere Hannibal in that spot. Once upon a time, their "Must See TV" comedy line-up was a powerful lead-in for that ten o'clock spot. Not that E.R. really needed a rock solid lead-in, but even so, the competition from other networks, added to less than stellar ratings for its comedy block have likely contributed to the steady stream of failed dramas in that later time slot.